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International Students in Japan 2006

117,927 international students in Japan as of May 1, 2006, a 3.2% drop from last year.

Number of international students by institutional type
Graduate school 30,910
(2.1% up)
University (undergraduate)/Junior college/
College of technology
63,437
(2.1% down)
Professional training college 21,562
(14.4% down)
University preparatory course 2,018
(29.1% up)
5 major countries/regions of origin
China 74,292
(7.8% down)
Republic of Korea 15,974
(2.4% up)
Taiwan 4,211
(1.9% up)
Malaysia 2,156
(2.0% up)
Vietnam 2,119
(21.4% up)

Note: An "international student" means a student from a foreign country who is receiving education at any Japanese university, graduate school, junior college, college of technology, professional training college or university preparatory courses and who resides in Japan with "college student" visa status, as defined in Annexed Table 1 of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.

1. Trends in Number of International Students by Source of Funds (as of each May 1)

Trends in Number of International Students by Source of Funds

*Note: Foreign government sponsored students were sent by the following countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Kuwait, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

2. Trends in Number of International Students by Institutional Type (as of each May 1)

Trends in Number of International Students by Institutional Type

*Note: "University preparatory courses" are designated by MEXT for students with school education of less than 12 years in foreign countries. Those who completed these courses are qualified to enter Japanese Universities.

3. Number of International Students by Region of Origin

(Unit: person)
Region Number of students % of total
Asia 109,291 (113,644) 92.7% (93.3)
Europe 3,307 (3,106) 2.8% (2.5)
North America 2,076 (1,925) 1.8% (1.6)
Central and South America 1,088 (1,024) 0.9% (0.8)
Africa 935 (957) 0.8% (0.8)
Middle and Near East 667 (656) 0.6% (0.5)
Oceania 563 (500) 0.5% (0.4)
Total 117,927 (121,812) 100.0% (100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2005

4. Number of International Students by Nationality

(Unit: person)
Country/region Number of students % of total Country/region Number of students % of total
China 74,292 (80,592) 63.0% (66.2) Germany 393 (336) 0.3% (0.3)
Republic of Korea 15,974 (15,606) 13.5% (12.8) Australia 354 (300) 0.3% (0.2)
Taiwan 4,211 (4,134) 3.6% (3.4) Brazil 342 (338) 0.3% (0.3)
Malaysia 2,156 (2,114) 1.8% (1.7) Russia 334 (346) 0.3% (0.3)
Vietnam 2,119 (1,745) 1.8% (1.4) United Kingdom 333 (326) 0.3% (0.3)
U.S.A. 1,790 (1,646) 1.5% (1.4) Canada 286 (279) 0.2% (0.2)
Thailand 1,734 (1,734) 1.5% (1.4) Cambodia 278 (298) 0.2% (0.2)
Indonesia 1,553 (1,488) 1.3% (1.2) Laos 266 (266) 0.2% (0.2)
Bangladesh 1,456 (1,331) 1.2% (1.1) Egypt 251 (219) 0.2% (0.2)
Sri Lanka 1,143 (907) 1.0% (0.7) Iran 236 (235) 0.2% (0.2)
Mongolia 1,006 (924) 0.9% (0.8) Turkey 171 (164) 0.1% (0.1)
Nepal 998 (617) 0.8% (0.5) Mexico 151 (137) 0.1% (0.1)
Myanmar 736 (651) 0.6% (0.5) Uzbekistan 139 (139) 0.1% (0.1)
Philippines 542 (544) 0.5% (0.4) Sweden 137 (116) 0.1% (0.1)
India 525 (410) 0.4% (0.3) Others 3,604 (3,490) 3.1% (2.9)
France 417 (380) 0.4% (0.3) Total 117,927 (121,812) 100.0% (100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2005

5. Number of International Students by Sex

(Unit: person)
Sex Number of students % of total
Male 60,105 (61,793) 51.0% (50.7)
Female 57,822 (60,019) 49.0% (49.3)
Total 117,927 (121,812) 100.0% (100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2005

6. Number of International Students by Institutional Type

(Unit: person)
National Local public Private Total
Number of students % of total Number of students % of total Number of students % of total Number of students % of total
Graduate school 19,264 62.3% 1,347 4.4% 10,299 33.3% 30,910 100.0%
(19,333) (63.9) (1,312) (4.3) (9,633) (31.8) (30,278) (100.0)
University (undergraduate) 9,668 16.0% 1,335 2.2% 49,417 81.8% 60,420 100.0%
(9,574) (15.7) (1,384) (2.3) (50,194) (82.1) (61,152) (100.0)
Junior college 11 0.4% 13 0.5% 2,450 99.0% 2,474 100.0%
(10) (0.3) (26) (0.8) (3,055) (98.8) (3,091) (100.0)
College of technology 458 84.3% 1 0.2% 84 15.5% 543 100.0%
(450) (84.7) (0) (0.0) (81) (15.3) (531) (100.0)
Professional training college 0 0.0% 9 0.04% 21,553 99.96% 21,562 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (26) (0.1) (25,171) (99.9) (25,197) (100.0)
University preparatory course 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 2,018 100.0% 2,018 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (0) (0.0) (1,563) (100.0) (1,563) (100.0)
Total 29,401 24.9% 2,705 2.3% 85,821 72.8% 117,927 100.0%
(29,367) (24.1) (2,748) (2.3) (89,697) (73.6) (121,812) (100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2005

7. Number of International Students by Major Field

(Unit: person)
Major field Number of students % of total
Social science 46,665 (44,422) 39.6% (36.5)
Humanities 27,443 (27,670) 23.3% (22.7)
Engineering 17,715 (17,763) 15.0% (14.6)
Arts 3,997 (3,569) 3.4% (2.9)
Teacher training 3,171 (3,565) 2.7% (2.9)
Medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, etc. 2,852 (3,023) 2.4% (2.5)
Agriculture 2,832 (2,858) 2.4% (2.3)
Home economics 2,275 (3,052) 1.9% (2.5)
Science 1,501 (1,564) 1.3% (1.3)
Others 9,476 (14,326) 8.0% (11.8)
Total 117,927 (121,812) 100.0% (100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2005

8. Number of International Students by Region and Prefecture of Japan

(Unit: person)
Region Num. of students % of total Prefecture Number of students Region Num. of students % of total Prefecture Number of students
Hokkaido 1,800
(1,903)
1.5%
(1.6%)
Hokkaido 1,800 (1,903) Kinki 20,832
(21,611)
17.7%
(17.7%)
Mie 792 (842)
Shiga 379 (366)
Kyoto 4,732 (4,890)
Osaka 9,986 (10,496)
Hyogo 3,721 (3,967)
Nara 971 (869)
Tohoku 3,287
(3,382)
2.8%
(2.8%)
Aomori 358 (401) Wakayama 251 (181)
Iwate 373 (330) Chugoku 4,681
(4,881)
4.0%
(4.0%)
Tottori 210 (211)
Miyagi 1,935 (2,018) Shimane 183 (171)
Akita 161 (136) Okayama 1,588 (1,663)
Yamagata 206 (208) Hiroshima 1,950 (2,001)
Fukushima 254 (289) Yamaguchi 750 (835)
Kanto 59,864
(62,263)
50.8%
(51.1%)
Ibaraki 2,636 (2,828) Shikoku 1,326
(1,439)
1.1%
(1.2%)
Tokushima 312 (345)
Tochigi 1,307 (1,506) Kagawa 389 (339)
Gunma 1,532 (1,421) Ehime 437 (542)
Saitama 5,377 (5,932) Kochi 188 (213)
Chiba 5,599 (5,832) Kyushu 12,298
(12,096)
10.4%
(9.9%)
Fukuoka 5,820 (5,731)
Tokyo 39,520 (40,396) Saga 364 (316)
Kanagawa 3,893 (4,348) Nagasaki 1,236 (1,238)
Chubu 13,839
(14,237)
11.7%
(11.7%)
Niigata 1,374 (1,452) Kumamoto 665 (627)
Toyama 503 (513) Oita 3,060 (2,867)
Ishikawa 1,296 (1,271) Miyazaki 155 (218)
Fukui 290 (277) Kagoshima 484 (549)
Yamanashi 686 (695) Okinawa 514 (550)
Nagano 769 (823) Total 117,927
(121,812)
100.0%
(100.0%)
Gifu 1,534 (1,609)
Shizuoka 1,482 (1,583)
Aichi 5,905 (6,014)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2005

9. Number of International Students by Housing (as of May 1, 2006)

A. International student housing set up by schools
National universities 84 schools 6,427 students
Local public universities 19 schools 252 students
Private universities 285 schools 8,135 students

B. International student housing set up by public corporations, etc.
JASSO-sponsored housing 2,166 students
Public corporation-sponsored housing 774 students
Local government-sponsored housing 1,355 students
Public housing 2,079 students
Private company housing 1,080 students

C. General student housing set up by schools
National universities 112 schools 2,812 students
Local public universities 23 schools 107 students
Private universities 226 schools 2,580 students
International Student Housing

Ref1. Shift in Number and Percentage of International Students

Year
Number of students
Annual increase
Annual % change
1983 10,428 2,312 28.5%
1984 12,410 1,982 19.0%
1985 15,009 2,599 20.9%
1986 18,631 3,622 24.1%
1987 22,154 3,523 18.9%
1988 25,643 3,489 15.7%
1989 31,251 5,608 21.9%
1990 41,347 10,096 32.3%
1991 45,066 3,719 9.0%
1992 48,561 3,495 7.8%
1993 52,405 3,844 7.9%
1994 53,787 1,382 2.6%
1995 53,847 60 0.1%
1996 52,921 -926 -1.7%
1997 51,047 -1,874 -3.5%
1998 51,298 251 0.5%
1999 55,755 4,457 8.7%
2000 64,011 8,256 14.8%
2001 78,812 14,801 23.1%
2002 95,550 16,738 21.2%
2003 109,508 13,958 14.6%
2004 117,302 7,794 7.1%
2005 121,812 4,510 3.8%
2006 117,927 -3,885 -3.2%
(as of May 1 each year)

Ref2. Major Universities in Terms of Number of International Students (as of May 1, 2006)

(Unit: person)
University name
Number of students
The University of Tokyo
(National)
2,197 (2,111)
Waseda University
(Private)
2,190 (1,949)
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
(Private)
1,984 (1,884)
Osaka Sangyo University
(Private)
1,353 (1,259)
Kyoto University
(National)
1,223 (1,227)
Kokushikan University
(Private)
1,201 (1,071)
Tohoku University
(National)
1,194 (1,173)
Nagoya University
(National)
1,161 (1,150)
University of Tsukuba
(National)
1,150 (1,163)
Kyushu University
(National)
1,141 (1,103)
Takushoku University
(Private)
1,103 (1,084)
Nihon University
(Private)
1,013 (1,100)
Teikyo University
(Private)
1,013 (808)
Tokyo Institute of Technology
(National)
996 (982)
Osaka University
(National)
995 (1,029)
Kobe University
(National)
954 (963)
Ritsumeikan University
(Private)
902 (836)
Ryutsu Keizai University
(Private)
878 (1,026)
Chiba University
(National)
832 (818)
Keio University
(Private)
824 (724)
Hokkaido University
(National)
801 (769)
Yokohama National University
(National)
773 (792)
Tokyo International University
(Private)
772 (883)
Hiroshima University
(National)
727 (746)
Meikai University
(Private)
669 (736)
Obirin University
(Private)
639 (578)
Daito Bunka University
(Private)
634 (605)
Keiai University
(Private)
616 (570)
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
(National)
605 (622)
Jobu University
(Private)
590 (612)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2005

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